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cnn newsroom continues right now with brooke baldwin. hi brooke. >> randi kaye, thank you ma'am. hello to you. i'm brooke baldwin. want to begin in vermont. it's a state struggling to deal with the flooding generated by irene. a couple of towns cut off by the flooding, washed out by roads have been waiting for supplies, relief workers are now using air drops and some are having to resort to four-wheel drive vehicles just to reach these people with everything from pampers to prescriptions along with, of course, food and water. amber lyon once again following this for us out of vermont. live today in wilmington. amber, i see a lot of people out and about behind you. it looks like some progress is being made. >> reporter: yeah. there's a lot of cleaning up going on out here, brooke. at one point, residents say the water would have been over my head. this river that's over that way flooded and just came right across here. this is the center of town.
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a town called wilmington. 1800 residents live here. this is where a lot of people have family-owned businesses across the street. if you look at the clothes hanging out to dry, that was a consignment shop. i just spoke with the two owners. they lost the majority of their inventory. they also say they didn't have flood insurance. we're also seeing national guard troops. they've been coming out and helping the residents clean up all their damaged property and dispose of it before there's been a lot of food and other belongings. we had -- if you take a look at these girls here, hello, we've seen a lot of volunteers. they don't live in this area, yet they've come out to help the residents clean up. right over here, we've got a freezer from this deli. the basement of this deli is flooded. and over here, we've got pipes just sucking out the water. that's been a big issue for a lot of these businesses is basement flooding which is threatening the integrity of their structures.
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over here is the country store. i want to introduce you to the family that owns this. this has been a family-owned operation for several, about 40 years. over here, we have burt. how are you doing? >> doing good. >> burt, you and your mom and dad have owned this property for about 40 years. >> what is it like to see all of this destruction out here? >> it was upsetting at first. it was really hard. i watched and observed the entire flood from the very beginning when it first came over the bank until the very end being up on the hillside on the other side of the street. it was pretty traumatic. the floodwaters were extreme. we had a river going down main street. and all of the buildings in town were flooded. >> and something -- burt owns an aquarium store and you sell fish.
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your store, we're about to be able to get a shot of this. bob, if you can see that over there. that's your store. >> the remains of my store. >> taken away by the water? >> that's correct. i'm on-line at birds and i'm still on-line for on-line sales. my on-line has a different location. the building was completely destroyed as you can see. the water tipped over the bank. i was in the building at the time. i moved everything up to the second floor. expecting that i was going to be able to save it. >> as you can see, the building was completely destroyed. >> how did you get out? >> i moved the last few things out. the water rose so fast, i was almost waist deep in water when i got out. the only other bad flood was in 1976 which is nowhere near as bad as this. the water rose -- i was here in '76. i was 13 years old. the water rose much faster than any other flood before. >> this rose faster than that. the water coming over the bank,
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i knew this would be the worst flood in history. i came up and started to warn other people. trying to get their valuables saved. >> thank you very much. best luck to you and your mother in getting this cleaned up. hundreds of volunteers are here. they don't even know them. they've come from all areas of vermont to help in the cleanup. obviously, by everything going on around here, this town is starting to clean up and starting to come back to life, brooke. >> i can't imagine my livelihood being washed away. hopefully they're getting what they need and amber lyon. thank you very much. we'll be hearing from fema's administrator here in a moment. craig fugate. but first, let me paint the big picture for you today. irene's floodwaters, they are beginning to recedement certainly, that is good news. misery is still piling up. here's an ugly snapshot of her impact. first you need to know this. nearly two million homes and businesses started the day without power.
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since the storm hit. the human toll stands at 43 dead and there are ongoing concerns that that number will climb. additionally, thousands of people who had to evacuate as irene closed in now must calculate their own losses and some still can't go home. and then there's this. flood advisories are still in place for portions of seven states. fema director craig fugate says his agency will speed up the process for those filing claims for assistance. you can call and hop on the web if you have electricity or simply stop fema vehicles in your area. >> people that need to register to fema can go to that vehicle and start that registration process so we can help you. as the president said, we're not here just for the short run. we'll be here in the leadership of secretary napolitano supporting the governor and his team for the long haul. >> administrator fugate. even after irene fizzled, it's creating a flooding problem for
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many people in the northeast. new jersey, specifically. rescuers going through neighborhoods picking up people still stranded by the high water. one police sergeant says it's going on pretty much 24 hours a day. the passaic river swollen by the heavy spring rains. couldn't handle the tremendous downpour from over the weekend and patterson's mayor, new jers jersey, upset by the squabbling he's witnessed over fema funding that his city so much now needs. >> i'm outraged. i can only be outraged for those who can't speak for themselves. for those on capitol hill, who don't understand that america didn't put us in this place. the folks who are supposed to be paying attention probably weren't or don't understand the magnitude of what we're facing at this point in time. to find that mother nature has a mind of her own and a will of her own, we can't have the petty wranglings going on when we have folks in dire need. >> you really have to see this picture. these aerial images, you can understand why the mayor is so
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frustrated. water as far as the camera can see. look at that. now to connecticut. look at part of connecticut's coastline. this is east haven. you don't need words. when you see homes like this, totally toppled, splintered by irene, the governor of connecticut will tour the southeastern part of the state today to assess the damage there. this that part of connecticut, many of the homes and businesses, those still standing, i should say, still don't have power. after all the chaos caused by irene, watch for tropical storm katia. this is the radar. the storm slowly getting stronger with sustained winds at 65 miles per hour. katia is headed west, northwest towards bermuda which could soon see the effects of the storm. the next 24 hours are crucial. stay tuned to cnn for the latest on that new storm. in texas, boy do they need the water. the flames are as high as 100
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much better. flames incinerated this church. this is oklahoma city. one of several buildings that have burned. three firefighters were treated for minor injuries. flames have also burned. dozens of homes near possum kingdom lake in texas as wildfire is threatening dozens more homes. look at just the smoke and the flames in these images. hundreds of people as a result have had to get out of there. they're calling in help from air tankers to battle some of the flames. jim spellman is there in possum kingdom lake in texas. it was four months ago, another wildfire right around that same area destroyed like 160 homes. tough for those folks. how is it today? how is the fire? conditions better? >> reporter: they got a good handle on it earlier today. just in the last hour, the winds are picking up. we've seen a lot of smoke, fire coming across this crest here. what they've been doing and doing helicopter runs, pouring water out of the lake here and dropping retardant on it.
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they seem to have got en a handle on it. conditions are so bad, it's already 103 degrees at the thermometer on the satellite truck. all the way -- all the grass you walk on is super brittle dry grass like this. perfect fuel for a fire like this. the real problem with this fire that broke out yesterday is the location. these are vacation homes, second homes that line the ridge of this lake. that's right where the fire came out. one side of them is the lake. they can't get rescue equipment to them from that direction. they have limited ways to get into the people and the people have limited ways to get out. the 25 or so homes destroyed, these are really big nice brick homes. just leveled. one you can see a chimney, maybe the shelf like a washing machine. utter devastation. so the location meeting the drought and the wind, it's kind of the perfect situation to have a terrible fire here. until they get rain, i don't see how it will get much better, brooke. >> if these are primarily
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vacation homes, we're just about labor day weekend. are there a lot of people vacationing, or did they have to leave? >> reporter: yeah. about 125 people have evacuated. for most people it's their second home, so they can go back to dallas or fort worth or stay with friends. it's still devastating. nonetheless. >> sure. >> reporter: it is the end of the summer here. one more big weekend where people are going to -- they're clearly not going to be able to come unless they make major changes. they have burn bans in effect for most of texas. only three of the 200-some counties in texas do not have burn bans. it's limited some of the activities that they can do here along this lake. i think that the authorities are going to try to keep people away. it can't be safe. i tell you, even if they get this fire under control, the same situation exists all around for hundreds of miles in any direction. all it takes is one spark and you could have the same thing happen on the other side of the lake or ten miles away or 50 miles away in any direction. the drought is that bad, brooke. >> one more for you, jim
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spellman. the crews are trying to contain the edges of the fire. is that successful so far? >> reporter: they have been so far. they've been 25% contained. they did what they hooked the heel of the fire. so they got a toe hold on one edge in which to build lines out. they have bulldozers here to try to build out more of the line. they have limited roads here. they don't have a big interstate or something to build a fire back. they did light some fires, backfires to eliminate some of that. they feel they're good with that. when the winds pick up and ember can go a mile, two miles behind their line and start a whole new fire there. brooke, they've made progress and are optimistic, but they don't want to get complacent and feel they have this under control until it's 100% out. >> thinking about those crews and you guys. 103 degrees there. that is hot. jim spellman, thank so much. >> it's an image that really captured the nation's heart.
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checking your top stories now. first president obama is anxious to get his jobs plan before the people. first stop congress. is asking to speak to a joint session on september 7th. the president said "it is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the american
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economy. but of course, it will take both sides to get any plan through capitol hill. a maryland man held in aruba could be freed. a judge is expected to make a decision on gary giordano's release a little later today. giordano was arrested after robyn gardner went missing august 2nd. police arrested him when his story didn't add up. gardner still hasn't been found. but the judge may have to release giordano because there's not enough evidence. javaris crittenton in court today. accused of murder in the shooting death of an atlanta woman. he was arrested in california. julian jones was the woman killed during this drive-by shooting early krer this month. crittenton played for the lakers, grizzlies an the wizards. the iowa hawkeyes would like to honor one of the navy seals killed in afghanistan this month. and his dog will play an important role, we're told, in that ceremony. do you remember this image?
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that, of course, was caused by tropical storm irene over the weekend. the president in new jersey this labor day weekend. now nearly ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the commission set up to make sure that never happens again has harsh words about airline security and several other items much the report coincides with the release of this new fema video from ground zero in the days just after 9/11. with regard to this report, 32 of the 9/11 commission's recommendations have been implemented since that tuesday back in 2001. but a nagging nine have not. in today's report here, the panel criticizes a number of
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issues, including the tsa, saying airline security just isn't quite where it should be. one of the worries, the failure to detect explosives, which could bring down an airplane. the commission says much has been done but there is much left to do. that's the final line here of this is the-page report that i -- 19-page report i read. former new jersey governor tomorrow kaine is chairman of this 9/11 commission in washington. chairman kaine good to see you. thanks for coming on. first, can i begin with 32 out of 41. that's not too bad. >> no. but that's very good. we could emphasize that if we wanted to. there are a number of things that have been done. a few have been partially implemented. there's a ways to go. >> i thought we would begin that glass half full. let's get to the nine. the failures that you talk about. the two shortfalls. this is something that we can relate to us. why? with regard to airline security,
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while you certainly give props to the tsa for the no fly list, et cetera, you say that your commission is not satisfied with improvement from tsa for detecting explosives. how do you get the technology to catch up sm. >> we have to. the tech nol of the people who make bombs is faster than our ability to detect them. that can't be. we go through all this elaborate screening, and that bombs can get through, that's not acceptable. >> do we have exceptions? >> we're working on the solution. we have to work faster. it's just unacceptable. i mean, we have the no-fly list, try to keep people off the planes. we're doing a lot of things right. finally, if we're going to have this machinery, it should be able to detect the latest kind of bombs. it does not up to this point. >> there's the issue with the explosives and something many of us can relate to. the full body scanning machines which the report also cites, a
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lot of people, we've covered this extensively say hang on, these are invasive. your report says not so. why? >> we don't think they have to be as intrusive as they are now. particularly when they're not able to detect a number of the explosives they're looking for. so we think there are other ways to do it. we think we have to have machines to detect explosives but not necessarily have to expose your whole body while doing so. that's the goal. that's what we ought to be doing. >> another failed recommendation. one of these nine you cite in the report, first responders need to communicate with one another in a case of a major emergency. governor kean seems easy to fix. i woshd as a reporter in d.c. for a number of years. i covered this years ago. why hasn't this happened yet in. >> this is almost among the most outrageous things. we thought this would be done the next day when we made the recommendation. look, it costs lives in 9/11
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when those policemen couldn't talk to the firemen going up the towers. it cost lives in katrina when people in planes and helicopters couldn't talk to people in boats. it may be costing lives as we speak with these floods. the idea that police and fire and first responders cannot communicate because congress hasn't gotten them the spectrum they need, the so-called d-block to do it is outrageous. we thought this would be done in a year or two. ten years later, it's still costing lives. that's totally unacceptable. >> the recommendations, they're all outlined in this report. the outrage is certainly there. what about the action. what will the nine failed recommendations no longer be qualified as "failed"? or will they ever? >> when they do something. for instance, the police and fire talk to each other, that's a bill pending in the united states congress. the president supported it. we got to get it done. there are two approaches, we can do it the public way or private way. it doesn't matter very much.
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we just got to do it. because we cannot allow this to exist. it's not only a terrorist attack. it could be a hurricane,a flood, any kind of an emergency. this has got to be done. there are a number of other things. one of the toughest is congress made a lot of recommendations to reform the federal government, they haven't reformed themselves. they're the only ones who review intelligence because it's secret. you and i can't see it. their oversight is absolutely essential. right now, homeland security, for instance, reports to over a hundred committees and subcommittees. >> i saw that. >> they spend so much time telephoning rather than protecting us which is their primary job. that has to be streamlined. they have to be given some financial responsibility too. >> let's follow-up with you and see if these things get done. i think a lot of america will agree with some of these recommendations. chairman tom kean. thank you very much, sir. >> thank you very much. the country is in tatters,
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it's deposed dictator still on the run. who is looking out for lib kra's animals. nick robertson went inside the zoo in tripoli. the zookeepers arrived. i'm going to ask him about the animals. >> more of nick's report inside this sdploo. plus, the hunt for the man, for moammar gadhafi. why it could end in a dramatic showdown. the governor of new jersey, chris chris at this and craig fugate. we'll go to that live in new jersey. you can see they're getting set up, ready to roll. certainly a state that the president mentioned from the white house will be visiting this sunday. be right back. [ jon ] up in alaska, we find the best sweetest crab for red lobster we can find.
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let's wrap our heads around the latest situation there. i want you to look at this. the tripoli, a freedom rally
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that coincided with the end of ramadan. that's the good part. that plus the fact that tripoli is now calm. the bad, there is grumbling mopping the rebels, still no functioning government and more than half of that city remains without running water. gadhafi? he's still on the loose. we mentioned it's the end of ramadan, the holy month, dawn to dusk fasting. those rebel forces now are fortifying themselves for a possible push into sirte. sirte is moammar gadhafi's hometown. its people there, still very much so support him and he may, he may be there. the rebels are claiming they have sirte surrounded. they've given the pro-gadhafi forces until saturday to surrender or they may move in. gadhafi's son, has sent an e-mail to our own correspondent x nick robertson. here's what he say. they, meaning the rebels, they have killed thousands of people and destroyed the country. i'd rather surrender to a real
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government than to those guys. end quote. it is unclear if sad i gadhafi is in sirte. whether he's with his father. we had cnn's fred plaki. dan, let's get to you. we have news here. we're hearing that gadhafi's sons in the last possible minute have spoken on this channel, this pro-gadhafi channel in syria. who have we heard from and ha have they said? >> reporter: okay. this is the second eldest son of colonel gadhafi who is speaking right now on this channel. he is -- it's a message of d defiance, talking about settling the score with the rats as he describes them. referring to the rebels. he said no one is afraid or frightened. mentioning sirte, he claimed there are 20,000 armed young people ready, willing and able.
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he said he would decry the media propaganda and said that the leader, colonel gadhafi, is fine. he said that the leadership is drinking tea and coffee with our families and fighting. and he urged his followers and colonel gadhafi's followers to move now to attack the gangsters of rats. attack them in every corner you see them. every libyan is moammar gadhafi. a message of complete defiance from saif al islam. this is the first time, i believe, we've heard from him since the fall of tripoliment there were suggestions that he had been captured by the rebels initially and then that was sort of later backed away from by the rebel leadership. now he's speaking on tv in a station coming out of damascus. >> let me follow-up with you. i hear the word rats and i think of his father, moammar gadhafi, he used that word a number of times as well. if they're settling the score
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but still drinking tea with their family, is moammar gadhafi with them, did say? >> reporter: he didn't, no. he used -- i think he still might be speaking. i missed the end of what he said. the bit that i listened to, he didn't mention where colonel gadhafi was. as i mentioned, sort of gave the impression that the leadership is fine. the leader is fine. but they're drinking tea and coffee with families and fighting. giving the impression, anyway that colonel gadhafi is still in the fight, i suppose, and giving the impression that he is still somewhere in libya. >> okay. we'll follow-up and see what the end of that said. thank you for hopping in front of the camera and reporting that. we certainly a lot of it live on cnn. the carnage two weekends ago in tripoli. if it comes to a fight in sirte as we mentioned gadhafi's hometown, would this be -- could this be tripoli 2.0?
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>> reporter: it could certainly be tripoli 2.0. it could certainly be worse than the fighting if tripoli was. you recall there was an uprising inside of tripoli that sort of for the rebels to enter that town. it seems as though sirte itself, that he's very much in the hand of gadhafi supporters. i can tell you the latest from from the council, the governing body of the rebel forces. they say they're in negotiations with the tribes inside sirte, including the tribe of moammar gadhafi himself. they say that the negotiations are going absolutely nowhere. right now they're saying they believe they have to launch their offensive most probably on saturday when these holy days have come to a conclusion. i can tell you from being on the frontline, that there are amassing a force there. i've seen dozens of gun trucks moving from misrata. they're moving in from the other direction also. we have that city encircled they say and all they're waiting for is to get the order.
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then they'll move in. they say that won't be pretty, brooke. >> what is the thinking there, that moammar gadhafi must be in sirte? there's the possibility he slipped to the south, a hideout in saba. >> there's a lot of speculation that's going on around here. saab a is one of them. there are rebels who believe that he might be in sirte and that might be the reason why the tribes are reluck ant to lay down arms. there might be a belief that he might be in another area. 150 kilometers south of sirte. the reason he may be there is because that town is under siege from rebel forces but not totally surrounded. he might still have the chance to escape to the south if in fact that happened or if the rebels were to attack. there is a lot of speculation. there really is very little hard evidence to go around. the rebels do say that no matter what, they are going to have to go into sirte. they're going to have to take sirte in some way, shape or
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form. whether by negotiations or force. you don't have a united country ha you can then move forward to institute a democratic change here, brooke. >> the deadline the rebels are giving them saturday. we'll follow-up with you fred. dan rivers, since i have you. i know we've been getting all kinds of response to the piece you did on that former gadhafi nanny who was burned and boiled with hot water. can you just tell our viewers how they can help? so many want to. >> reporter: if go to, there is a page, i think its forward/help. there is a page there specifically now set up where you can donate money to help her get the treatment that she needs. we've been working to get that up and running. it's already up and running. money is already coming in for that. that's fantastic. we're now working with other organizations to try and figure out the best way to get her the treatment that she needs.
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basically, she needs skin grafts and surgery. those pictures, they were tough to look at. but i think they do show the total brutality of the regime. right at its heart. the people even charged with looking after colonel gadhafi's grandchildren. not spared from that inhumane treatment. >> very difficult to look at but important to tell that part of the story. fred and dan, thank you very much in libya. no food, no water. the situation in that country alarming. the u.n. scrambling to get supplies. along with the people are the animals. they too are suffering. nick robertson actually checked out tripoli zoo where keepers struggle to feed the animals and the animals have nowhere to go. >> we've just come into the main zoo of tripoli. the gates were locked. we were told that it was under renovation for the last three years, that there weren't any animals here. we're getting a look around. i can see a big as a result you are up there.
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certainly a huge bird of prey. as i'm looking at it, we hear a lion roaring. it's an eerie feeling walking around here. you don't know what you're going to bump into. gunfire still going on. most of the cages seem empty. we're just trying to follow the sound of that roaring. there he is. there he is. tiger. he's seen us. just looking at him, you can see how thin he is and the way that he's walking. those back thighs are so skinny against his back. he's going in there to get some shade. then we see the lions. the deep scoar on his head. there's no one to tell us how much they're getting fed or how often. we don't know if there's a vet to look after them. all we've seen so far is the food left by the giant tortoises. the lions look like they're not getting enough to eat. suddenly, we get some answers.
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the zookeeper just arrived. i'm going to see if i can get answers. >> how are you? >> what about the animals? are they getting enough food, the lions, the tigers? >> he tells me for seven days the animals got nothing. now ten of the 200 have returned. they're trying to feed all the animals. the big cats get only half the food they need. but their biggest problem is water. he takes us to see the hippos. of all the animals, they seem the most for lorn. >> the keeper tells us he tried to get more water in here. even laid this plastic pipe on the floor right into the tank here where the hippopotamuses are. it didn't work. they're left with that rank, fettered water. even they don't seem to want to go into. they're struggling to keep up. so many animals to feed. hyenas, bears, monkeys, deer,
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emus, but it's the big cats, the meat eaters, they can't feed enough sniept water is these animals most pressing need. it seems without help in these sweltering temperatures, all the animals here are going to continue to suffer. nick robertson, cnn, tripoli, libya. parents, i know kids can be frustrating. but this next one is a story you may not believe. a father accused of tossing his seven-year-old son off a sightseeing boat. a charge he denies. >> i discussed it with him. we jumped in together and just thought, okay, it would be funny. ha ha ha. >> but the more than 80 eyewitnesses, they don't think it's so funny, ha ha ha. back in a moment. with scientifically proven soy complex and natural minerals. give you sheer coverage instantly, then go on to even skin tone in four weeks. aveeno tinted moisturizers.
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he says no way. he and his son were just horsing around. >> if you hadn't been drinking, do you think you would have done it. >> absolutely. it was water. you're in the water. water, just to look at it? >> you threw him in in his clothes? >> we have more clothes. >> witnesses say he was drunk at the time and according to one acting like a jerk. we're going to hear more from about this guy next hour. we're also going to hear from a spokesman for the orange county sheriff's office. stay tuned for that next hour. also, go to college. get a degree. millions of parents of course give their own children this advice. it comes at a cost. is a college degree today worth the price? some aren't so sure approximate that anymore. that's next. for broccoli, say one. for toys, say two. toys ! the system can't process your response at this time. what ? please call back between 8 and 5 central standard time.
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before college i wanted to pull up this live picture. this is lincoln park in new jersey. all kinds of people are waiting. waiting to hear from fema administrator, craig fugate and janet napolitano and the governor of the state, chris christie. we're waiting for it to start. they'll be talking irene and recovery from irene. we'll bring it to you live momentarily. now to this. whether you're saving for your kids' tuition or you're co-signing a loan or paying off student debt, you know the cost of college is skyrocketing. cnn is taking an in-depth look at higher education and the high price these days of a college degree. for a these days of a college degree. what it will bring and sometimes
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saying, college isn't for me? >> reporter: meet eduardo sanchez, a rising senior who's working this summer in the family business. >> i'd rather be in school than this. >> reporter: but this is one way he could afford to go to college like his three older brothers. his father insists it's the only way he can get his fair share of the american dream. >> he wants me to succeed. >> reporter: but thousands miles away is another young adult who's been working in his family business for years but his takeaway is different. 18-year-old carl wesley daniel, a recent high school grad whose georgia family is begging him to go to college has his own ideas about how to achieve his american dream. >> college is an experience for people to go to life and how to learn to deal with people and certain situations. and my whole life, i've dealt with every situation that's come
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to pass. for me, it wouldn't be sufficient for me to go and spend the money to go to school when i've had the life experience. >> reporter: the crisis facing carl and a sea of seniors is this question? is college really worth it? there's a growing movement that says, college isn't always the answer. even eduardo with his three college-educated brothers as role mod is also seeing that a degree is no guarantee for healthy employment. he's seen it play out in real life, watching one of his brothers who's an architect, struggle. >> he's having trouble working. but he's always looking for any job to get money. >> reporter: and money-making is key here, especially if you do go to college, because for those giddy grads, most of them leave college with a degree and on average $24,000 in debt.
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the question is, at this rate, will going to college really pay off for anyone? it won't, say many experts, including this one. he thinks we need to re -- he's pushing an apprenticeship program that's worked in other countries. >> it's occupational training that comes in the form of work-based learning and you also have a job. you're earning money while you're learning at the workplace. >> reporter: but other alternatives to overpriced schools might be community colleges, online courses or even getting a job, like eduardo and carl. in the end, it might come down to the way these seniors and parents rate the value of a college degree. if they think the bang of higher
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learning is all the earning they have to get it. if you were with me yesterday, you might have seen wolf blitzer giving me and my crew here a bit of a tough time. watch. >> i don't want to be on "dancing with the stars," but i was waiting for you to show the video of me dancing. but you obviously messed up -- >> slow your role, blitzer. we tried to look for the jibjab video. >> forget about that. what about when i really danced on television twice? >> the dougy? well, mr. blitzer, here in atlanta with me today, let's just see if he can put his money where his mouth is. hold that thought. be right back. ah. mom? he's here. nice wheels. oh, thanks. keeps me young.
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he was upset with me that we didn't get the dance video yesterday. well, wolf blitzer, rog, cue the music. louder, guys. ♪ oh, come on, you should be dancing. >> i don't see you dancing. is that the best you can do? >> i want to see the dougy. >> let's talk. >> i might be lying.
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>> the b.e.t. soul train awards was really good. >> that was in atlanta, right? >> that's me. doing the dougy. >> please, blitzer. please! >> this is the one that drives me crazy. watch. >> i have you in person. the people want the dougy. >> i need music. where's the music? >> magic. i've got the people. >> that's not the music. let's talk about the president's big address. it's a make-or-break speech next week wednesday night. >> september 7th, talk to me. >> joint session -- is it joint session or joint meeting? >> i thought it was session. >> i think it's a joint meeting, technically. but i could be wrong. he's going to do it -- he's got to deliver a jobs plan, unemployment 9.1%. but a lot of people, not only unemployed or underemployed. he's got to show people he's on
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the right track, as opposed to the wrong track. >> we still don't know the day he's give that -- >> wednesday night, 8:00 p.m. we'll have live coverage here. >> it was jessica yellin who was reporting, our white house correspondent. she's saying it was a joint session -- >> we always say joint session. but i think technically there's a difference between a joint meeting and i expect you to get that precise. >> i expected you to dougy but we're just two disappointed people today. back to that night, there's a gop debate -- >> apparently they're going ahead with that. >> they are? >> yes. maybe they'll delay it a half hour or something. >> do you like being here? >> love being here. the cnn dialogue is tonight at the carter center coming up later tonight.
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we're going to talk about how america has changed. >> at the carter center. i'll be with you. wolf blitzer, thank you very much. and now, take a look at this -- oh, no. there he is, new jersey governor chris christie. >> when the state was in real crisis on saturday night who needed to be evacuated before the eye of the storm came onshore, it was morris county that stood up and put together a shelter for us at the arena and we brought about 600 atlantic county residents there by bus and stayed there until the storm passed and returned home safe and sound sunday night because of the giving, generous nature of the people of morris county and its government that you took care of your neighbors in atlantic county. i want to thank all the folks in
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morris county for their great work. without any further speeching from me, i want to thank the secretary again for her great leadership. thank the president for his leadership as well. i spoke to him a couple of days ago. he called to personally ask how things were going in new jersey. he wanted me to relate to all of you that he is personally concerned about what's happening in our state. and i'm sure that's one of the reasons the secretary is here is because her boss, the president of the united states, wants to make sure that folks are being taken care of here in new jersey. i want to thank the president for his leadership. and i want to take a moment to introduce for some remarks the secretary of homeland security, secretary janet napolitano. >> thank you, governor. we've been on the phone several times as well over the course of this. you've been providing great
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leadership in this state. so congratulations to you as well. and president obama is very concerned about the situation in new jersey. he knows about all of the rivers being in flood stage. he knows that this event started off as hurricane on the coast but transformed itself into a huge inland flood involving many states and many rivers. so he understands the different dimension of this storm and how people are out of their homes now. communities have been affected. main streets have been flooded. businesses have been lost. we now are in the process of not just response but recovery, how we bring your communities back and back even stronger. he is so invested, i think, in new jersey, that i'm privileged to announce that he will be in new jersey on sunday afternoon.
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he's going to come himself. >> secretary napolitano just mentioned that the president -- it's just been in the last hour, the president himself will be touring pacific paterson, new jersey, to take a look firsthand at some of the damage from what was tropical storm irene. let's go northward to vermont, still reeling from all the flooding there. try to imagine this. mountain island. that's what you have in some places. towns as much as 1,000 feet above sea level cut off by this, raging waters. in some place, food and supplies could only get in to these people by air or four-wheel vehicles. one of those places finally getting help is wilmington, vermont, where we have amber lyon live. finally some relief for those people who need it? >> reporter: they are getting relief already.
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we have national guard troops in here. the road leading out of town has since been opened. this was one of those mountain islands that residents couldn't get in or out. now people in this community of 1,800 are trying to clean up the mess. floodwaters over my head swept through this town damaging every single business in the town. i'm here in front of the country store. they're just going through here trying to collect anything they can. we've got vermont snowglobes covered in money. unfortunately some businesses here with not be salvaged. that building over there is burt's aquarium store. that building is a complete loss. it went away with the waters and so did all of the inventory. big question out here, we've been asking these residents, is did they have flood insurance. obviously vermont is not used to getting hit by tropical storms. it's been a little mixed, brooke.
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some people say they were insured. others say they did not have insurance. i found two of those women. this is susie and this is kathy. and they own the consignment shop across the street. they've been going in and out all day trying to save anything they can. you guys are considering your inventory to kind of be a total loss and you're not insured. >> and we're not insured. it's just total devastation. and the things are -- they're not ours. that's the thing that's been my worrisome -- it's not our stuff. it belongs to somebody else. it's consignment and it's a 50-50 gig. and people brings us their things just to make a little money, clean out their closet, give it to us, we get half, they keep half, love the store. >> reporter: you guys running
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back in good spirits today. you say you were in shock but you're looking at the bright side of things out here? >> really, our landlord just told us they're going to make this building his priority to fix up and get it running again. >> reporter: you had quite a bit of damage. show us a little bit of your stuff. they were pretty upset about these clothes here. >> we have vintage boots. we have gucci pants that were like butter. and now they're like mud. we have a burberry raincoat that we couldn't find during the rain and the flooding that would have made a very fashionable ensemble. >> armani shirt. >> all of it has come from our second homeowners and our local people that have supported the shop. they bring us all of their stuff and they love the shop. and the teenagers in town come
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and buy stuff. they're an hour and a half to any mall and they can get abercrombie and hollister. but they won't for long. because no matter what, susie and i did it ourselves and we're going to do it again. >> reporter: and one thing before we go, if you guys can show us over here, one thing these two were very happy about was they were able to save this mannequin. can you tell me the story about him? >> we snuck down here sunday night kind of on the hush-hush right after we could cross the bridge. and i went into the store. and i just heard the cry -- there was a little cry. as i was picking things up -- like you don't know where to start because it's such a mess. here's my guy floating with his arm all disheveled and broken. and my guy, i picked him up and
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i said, come on, buddy. >> reporter: you were able to save him. thank you very much. we're going to be out here for the rest of the evening monitoring the clean-up out here. >> amber lyon, thank you very much. a lot of lives were certainly at stake during that storm. if you wonder what life was like in one of those trapped towns in vermont, we have someone on the phone to tell you. sandra manski is on the phone from wardsboro, vermont. your town was totally cut off. is that still the case and do you feel at all in danger because of it? >> reporter: i don't feel totally in danger because there are a few ways today that you can get up and around. it might take you 45 minutes to go three or four miles. but that may not be true for other residents who are on roads that are very unstable that they
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cannot drive. and i think they really do feel very unsafe. the roads -- the community has been terrific. anybody who has a dump truck or any big machine has been putting in some temporary roads. but these roads still are really only excessabassessable by atv. one of the things we're very concerned is these were dirt roads that were put in to be temporary roads so we're not completely shut off the from the world. and it's going to rain this weekend. and this is -- these roads could become quickly very unstable. >> as you mentioned, a lot of them are impassable without something like atvs. like the town amber just featured, food and supplies have been dropped in by air. but you don't have power. you're on a generator. what about other folks around town, especially the elderly? >> there are very few people
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that have power. i don't think anybody in wardsboro has power. while there are a few telephone poles on one side of the road, route 100, that goes through town and is really the only main road. as you go down the road, all of the telephone poles are in the water, in the river. there is no stable earth to kind of -- for essential vermont public service to put these poles back up. we did see a helicopter come in this afternoon. and i do believe the army corps of engineers is going to be here very shortly. and we're doing -- the town is doing a tremendous job to just try and get as much done as possible. but these are temporary roads. they're not by any means going to be the final project. >> it's amazing. you hear about these different towns of vermont, a lot of people coming together. i'm sure your son, the assistant
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fire chief in town, has his hands full. thank you for givings an update in your town. after all the chaos caused by irene, we are now watching tropical storm katia. for the latest on this new storm, jacqui jeras is with me in the weather center. dare i ask what she looks like now? >> well, not bad. but gaining strength. it is going to become a hurricane. we think that's probably going to happen later today. it's still far away from land. probably talking about a week before it would get anywhere near the u.s. mainland before it would do that. most of the models bringing it into a major hurricane, category 3, at i approaches the leeward and winward islands. best estimate is it's staying northward. we'll have to wait and see what happens beyond that. some of the models are doing crazy things as we talk out in time. so we've got a little wait yet for katia. v but tropical storm lee is a big wave in the yucatan channel right now moving into the gulf of mexico. this will likely develop into
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their next named storm. we've got a holiday weekend upon us. thousands of people planning on heading to the beach. unfortunately, the timing is not good. the models are all over the place on this one in terms of the consensus. some are bringing it over to texas, which would be great news. >> they need the rain. >> exactly. that would be good. but some of the models bringing it up towards the northern gulf and a lot of the models, believe it or not, are doing this little loopy thing and lingering here. somebody's going to get a good soaking. it's anybody's ball game. probably going to have a named storm maybe as early as tomorrow, maybe by friday. all interest in the gulf need to pay attention. the water here is crazy warm. talking like 90-degree temperatures. this is the peak in terms of how warm that water is and there's a lot of potential with that storm. >> jacqui jeras, thank you very much. listen to this guy -- >> i discussed with him, we jumped in together and thought,
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it would be funny, ha, ha, ha. we were screwing around, horseplaying. >> he was not crying? >> he wasn't crying. i haven't seen him cry in so long. >> that father says he threw a 7-year-old kid overboard, right over a boat. also up next, is your pilot getting rusty by letting the computer do the work? i'll talk live to an aviation expert about how concerned we should be, pilots maybe forgetting how to fly? [ male announcer ] they'll see you...before you see them. cops are cracking down on drinking and riding. drive sober, or get pulled over. [ male announcer ] it's been a good year for the chevy silverado. and not because of the awards or the accolades. no, it was good because you told us so. the chevy model year wrap up. get in on our greatest model year yet.
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cnn has gotten its hands on this report. this is a pretty huge report here. this is by an independent group of pilots, other experts commissioned by congress. and it talks about airline safety and specifically pilot training. and in essence it says that pilots run the risk of putting too much faith into the auto pilot systems and need more training on how to handle the planes manually when things go wrong. i want to bring in jim tillman, a retired pilot. good to see you again, jim. sometimes i'm relying my own on too much technology. is this potentially an issue that pilots are relying too much on those automated systems? >> i don't want to make a blanket statement like that. that one scares me because it says you never know what your pilot is capable of handling. i don't think it's quite like that. i do know that the automation
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that's available in the cockpit today is far different than what we had when i started flying. when i started flying, you kept busy the whole time. you were babysitting the engines and the airplane and everything else. today, you can fly a 30-year career and never have even a cough in an engine. there's a lot less labor involved. however, there's not a bit of lack of complexity. and that complexity requires a certain amount of automation. >> so let's just use you as an example. if you were flying today and to use your word babysitting, if you weren't having to babysit the controls quite like you did before, would you get rusty? >> no, i wouldn't. one of the reasons i wouldn't is -- taking off and hand flying
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until you get to a certain altitude, then you cut on the autopilot. a lot of pilots are getting a lot more practice than you might think. but sometimes we do get a little bit, let's say, loose in terms of allowing the autopilot to do so much until it does too much. and the autopilot, if it gets bad information, can give you a bad output and it's possible to literally get to the place that you've lost control. >> can you give me on example -- i know that fatal airline crashes are down recently, thank goodness. but can you cite an example in which a fatal crash was due to pilot error? >> oh, well -- >> a lot of people are talking about that air france flight off brazil and that was the stall instance which is why the reported pilot error -- >> i'm not ready to call that pilot error. there was a sequence of events that took place and part of it
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had to do with their reaction to something they didn't truly understand. i can say this, the design of that particular airplane is such that things can happen with your airplane that you don't understand. you don't see it, you don't know, and you don't feel it. that airplane does not have a feel. the airplanes i flew, you could feel it. you knew when you had a load on the airplane. the throttles don't even move when the power changes necessarily. you're flying with so much trust in this system that you fail to do some of the things you ordinarily would do. i'm not ready to condemn those pilots yet. i'd like to say, let's review the system and safety procedures and let's review our thinking before we make that kind of a judgment. >> as part of that story, i read the french investigators were recommended that all pilots get training in manual flying and handling high-altitude stalls. what about u.s. pilots? what kind of training are they getting? >> well, i think we're getting that.
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the new guys, the guys coming on board now and there are not a lot of them because everybody's senior, they've been there forever. but when you bring on a new pilot who has not been through some of the things that some of the older guys have, they've never flown a plane that doesn't have some computer activity on it and don't understand what to do when something goes wrong with their computer. i've been in newsrooms where when the computer fails, it destroys everything. nothing is working right. i've been in operations for airlines where the computer failed and a lot of the pilots didn't know how to file a flight plan because everything's been done by computers. so it's a challenge that i'm glad they made this report. i hope that it will be treated properly and people will understand what we have to do to correct it and nobody gets upset to feel like their pilot has forgotten how to fly.
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>> perhaps as you mentioned it's a note to all of us. we're all reliant to a degree on computers. jim, thank you. still ahead, president obama asked congress for a primetime platform to reveal his highly anticipated jobs plan. but the timing here could be ruffling the feathers of republicans. we're live at the white house. we're also going live to texas where a fast-moving wildfire picking up right now. or creates another laptop bag or hires another employee, it's not just good for business -- it's good for the entire community. at bank of america, we know the impact that local businesses have on communities, so we're helping them with advice from local business experts and extending $18 billion in credit last year. that's how we're helping set opportunity in motion.
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just in to us here, news in the tennis world. venus williams has withdrawn herself in the u.s. open.
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she's citing an unknown illness. she won first round as did her sister, serena williams. so venus is out. we have venus' tweet just from monday -- she has withdrawn from the u.s. open. and now this. breaking news on the president's job speech. the government wants to block a merger that would affect cell phone users across the country and flames are raging in texas. i want to begin at the white house with brianna keilar. brianna, the president is calling a joint session of congress. this is a big deal. >> reporter: this is a big deal. he's actually asking essentially, brooke, to be invited because it's congress that has to be inviting him. and they have to have a vote to do that. so it is a big deal because think of the visual. you've got the house, you've got the senate. they're all together. they're in the house chamber.
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this is something that looks like the state of the union, arguably a big deal and quite a big forum to announce his jobs proposal so we have heard he's going to lay out. that's really the president trying to create the significance and just how serious he wants this to be taken. >> we're also getting news from house speaker john boehner. he wants to move this one day back because of security concerns. >> reporter: here's the schedule. you have the house coming back on wednesday. and their first votes aren't until 6:30. there will have to be a vote of some sort if this is going to be a joint session. and then you're looking at perhaps that takes the house into about 7:00 p.m., right? and that only gives about an hour before the president's address. you talk to republicans and you hear exactly what speaker boehner put in his letter saying, why don't you do it on thursday instead? but thursday, i do note, that
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thursday is the kickoff for nfl season. pregame starts at 7:30. that's really something to compete against if you're the president trying to give an address. but there's a tiff going on about what time, what day they're going to have this. >> there's the issue of, isn't wednesday night the night of the gop debate? >> reporter: that's right. so here's the other interesting thing. nbc politico, they're having a debate, republican presidential contenders and white house press secretary jay carney was asked about this a lot today. why are you having it on this day? he said it is coincidental. he was asked, are you saying they should move the debate? the white house isn't going there. they're saying they're confident that this is going to be worked out. >> we'll see who wins out. brianna keilar, thank you very much. also a quick reminder to you.
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cnn is hoegsing our own gop presidential debate monday september 12th from tampa. the u.s. government is trying to stop at&t's $39 billion acquisition of t-mobile. felicia taylor is live for us at the new york stock exchange. why is the government trying to stop this? >> reporter: people should have choice as to which phone service they can use. this is all about competition. the government wants to make sure that competition stays in the marketplace to protect consumers from higher prices. three companies would control 90% of the wireless market if that would come together. so a combined at&t and t-mobile and then verizon and sprint. less competition usually comes at the expense of consumers because they don't have as much choice. the government has said it would result in higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products. this doesn't mean, however, that the deal is off the table.
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the government says their door is open and at&t could come to the table and make concessions. they've already said that they would bring back 5,000 jobs from overseas calling centers. that's one concession that they could make. but as far as the stock was today, at&t stock was down about 4%. the winner was sprint, up almost 6% on the news. >> felicia taylor, thank you very much. finally, that fast-moving wildfire near dallas, dozens of homes have burned. the flames have kicked up there where jim spellman is. how are conditions today? >> reporter: just in the last hour since we talked, this fire has taken up. it's quickly moving down. we've watched this phenomenon of spotting where the wind picks up embers, takes it down the hill and starts a new fire. they've aggressively been using helicopters. you can see one in the water
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picking up water out of the reservoir, trying to get ahead of this spotting. they thought they had this fairly well in hand late this morning. and just like that, the winds picked up and it's kind of changed the tenor. there's not any homes immediately where it's heading right now. but it's hard to tell what's happening on the other side of the ridge. you can see how fast these situations change. when these embers do pick up and land, here's what they're finding. it's incredible, you can hear it crackling, it's so dry. this is what you see for mile after mile here in this totally parched state. brooke? >> that is huge, huge smoke. quickly, in terms of containment, are they progressing? >> reporter: well, the fire's definitely advanced in the last few hours. we're going to get briefed by authority this is hour to see what their containment figures are. last time it was 20%. >> jim, thank you very much. coming up next, a cnn
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including the capital of tripoli. his challenge is, go ahead, take the city of sirte if you can. the rebels say they have sirte surrounded and they've told gadhafi supporters there to surrender by saturday. arwa damon for us live in the libyan capital. arwa, i know sahadi gadhafi reached out to cnn. what have we heard on this television channel? >> reporter: the brothers appear to be adopting different tones in that message. they will be willing to negotiate a cease-fire to a certain degree saying if the rebels could guarantee safe passage to tripoli, they would be willing to transition, saying they would secure safe passage for any family member to come to
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tripoli, but that they would then be detained upon arrival. the rebels not looking for any sort of negotiated cease-fire but rather firmly wanteding to put the family on trial and see some sort of justice. continuing to adopt a very defiant tone saying they have 20,000 fighters ready to take on the rebel fighters in the town of sirte, also saying that he was, in fact, speaking from a tripoli neighborhood and that both he and his father were fine. absolutely no way of verifying the authenticity of that message and verifying that any one of the gadhafi family members claim to still be in libya. but if you listen to the celebrations happening behind me, the people here in tripoli most certainly continue to believe the capital is firmly in their control. that the gadhafi can try to fight for as long as it wants to, but they are not going to be giving up the freedom they have right now.
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>> arwa, why are they celebrating behind you? just explain that. >> reporter: well, it is the end of the holy month of ramadan. people are telling us this year they are celebrating for their religious holiday but also they are celebrating their victory. they are singing various revolution slogans behind us. and it's been a fairly emotional time. we were seeing children out earlier in the street today who were also singing and dancing. they were saying it is the first time that they have been out in the streets singing, no matter what it was that they were singing -- they are celebrating in that you are newfound freedom. >> they're celebrating. but let's talk about the stark reality of tripoli. more than half the city doesn't have any running water. the u.n. is working of an
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impending crisis. who's taking charge there? >> reporter: let's been interesting. even though there are shipments expected from the world food program, neighborhoods are really rallying together. there are a number of households here that have dug their own wells. they have done this historically and those people are literally throwing their doors open to everybody in the neighborhood. 60% of the capital, according to the u.n., is without water and sanitation. guest families are struggling. but at the same time, they're saying that communities are coming together in a way that's never been seen before, at least never seen since the gadhafi regime came into power. there are widespread -- you continue to hear -- people celebrate with gunfire and fireworks. there are concerns about the water situation. but they are saying they fully believe this is something they're going to get through given everything they've been through. >> gunfire, their own version of
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fireworks. arwa damon celebrating the end of ramadan, thank you very much, in tripoli. now this -- >> if you hadn't been drinking, do you think you would have done it. >> absolutely. it was water. do you go to water just to look at it? >> reporter: you threw him in in his clothes? >> we have more clothes. >> this guy throws his 7-year-old son overboard off a moving boat. coming up next, not only will you hear how he is defending himself in a pretty wild interview but also speak live to the sheriff's department investigating this. don't miss both sides of this story next. my subaru saved my life. i won't ever forget that. love.
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safe to say, i believe, that this gentleman here, he is a former marine. safe to say he will not win father of the year, not for the state of california, not for orange county. maybe not for his own household, not in 2011 at least. here's his mug shot. this is a call placed to 911 from a pleasure boat a touring boat on sunday --
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>> threw his son overboard. that's the charge here. the son, 7 years of age. but to hear briles tell us, he and his son were just taking a dip. wait till you hear this guy. here's his mug shot again. some of the folks on the boat say he was having a tiff with his give. the give said he was drunk. the witnesses say the quarrelling made the son so upset. before he tossed the kid overboard, dad hauled off and smacked the kid, made him cry. not so, says dad. here's our first taste of mr. briles. >> he wasn't crying. i haven't seen him cry in so long. >> reporter: why would someone make up that he was crying and that you were hitting him if that wasn't true? >> beats me. >> we'll hear more from dad in just a moment. first we want to bring in the spokesman for the orange county sheriff's department. jim, so from what you know, can you just walk us through what happened out there at balboa
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harbor aboard this pleasure cruise sunday? >> sure, sunday just before 2:00 p.m., the suspect bame involved in a dispute with his girlfriend. his 7-year-old son wells his 6-year-old son were on board. the 7-year-old son was visibly upset. the suspect walked to the front of the boat with the 7-year-old boy. the boy began to cry. the father warned his son to stop crying. he did hit him with an open fist on the face at least a couple of times, according to witnesses. witnesses on the boat became angry that he was striking his son. several passengers walked toward the front of the boat where the suspect was. several witnesses stated that the boy was saying, stop, you're hurting me, stop hitting me. according to witnesses, the
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suspect struck the boy a couple of more times in the face. and then one time with an elbow and warned him f you do not stop crying, i will throw you overboard. >> so we know how the story ends. he throws him overboard. in addition to those witness accounts, they also say briles threw the kid from the front of the boat, something the dad, again, disputes. he says he didn't smack him and didn't toss him off the front. he's disputing a lot of this. let's listen to him once more. >> reporter: what if he went under the boat and drown? >> it doesn't work like that. >> reporter: how does it not work like that? little kid goes overboard, the boat is moving, he could get -- >> we were on the fantail, the bow. we jumped off well prior to them actually slipping. >> reporter: if you hadn't been drinking, do you think you would have done it? >> absolutely. it was water. do you go to water just to look at it? >> reporter: and his clothes,
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though, you threw him in in his clothes? >> we have more clothes. >> okay. jim, he says, we jumped off, makes it sound like he and his son were going for a dip in the water. but the witnesses say dad didn't jump in until after someone had swam to the kid. is that your understanding of the story? >> it's not the story. the story was he threw him off in the front of the boat. the deckhand threw out a life preserver. three boats came to the boy's rescue. several people came to the front of the boat. that's when the suspect jumped in. he may have jumped in to aid his son, i don't know. but he may have been jumping in to get away from the angry crowd. but by the time he jumped in, the boy had already been rescued and on another private boat. >> there were two sons. one is in the water, another still on the boat. are the kids still with dad?
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where's mom? >> well, after the incident, both boys were taken to harbor police station. and the mother was contacted. she came and they were released to her custody. >> okay. jim, thank you very much. orange county sheriff's department. thank you, sir. first sarah palin decides she is going to a major event with republican presidential candidates, even though, let's all remember, she's not running yet. then she backtracks. we're getting to the bottom of it next. of snowmen masseuse, who cuddle up with your soreness and give out polar bear hugs. technology. [ male announcer ] new bengay cold therapy. the same technology used by physical therapists. go to for a 5-dollar coupon. [ doorbell rings ] hello there. i'm here to pick up helen. ah. mom? he's here. nice wheels. oh, thanks. keeps me young. hello there, handsome. your dinner's in the microwave, dear. ♪
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we've been following the story of robyn gardener, missing in aruba since august #nd. and her traveling companion, jerry giordano, there hasn't been a lot of evidence linking him to his disappearance. he will now be detained in aruba for another 60 days. we have martin savidge in aruba. we'll get him to in a few minutes on that case. jim acosta is standing by for us in washington with all things political ticker. jim, what do you have? >> reporter: well, brooke, the politicians here in washington think of themselves as masters of the universe. but they may not be masters of the google calendar. first it was the schedule back and forth that seems to be going on between speaker boehner and president obama over this speech before the joint session of
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congress that the president would like to give. but earlier in the day, we were trying to make heads or tails of the situation with sarah palin. she's supposed to speak at a tea party event out in iowa on saturday for a group called the tea party of america, which is a relatively unknown tea party group, i have to tell you. but sarah palin is scheduled to speak to that event. there was back and forth as to whether or not she was going to actually show up. first she was in. then she was out. now we understand she's back in again. and all of this going back and forth seems to coincide with christine o'donnell, who was one time a favorite of the tea party movement, sort of being invited and disinvited and invited. now she's been disinvited again from the same eventment peter hamby found out according to his sources, that there were some concerns about christine o'donnell's participation in that program from sarah palin's
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group. it is all very interesting. it appears sarah palin would like to have much of this stage to herself. and a lot of this goes to, is he or is she not going to run for president? she's said she's not going to probably announce that she's running for president this weekend. she said that decision may come later on in september. but she added, brooke, another event this weekend at another tea party group up in new hampshire. she's going to be with the tea party exprez on monday. it's got everybody wondering what's going on here. again, that google calendar is very handy, if only some of our politicians would use it. >> perhaps we'll learn soon enough. we'll sit and wait. jim, thank you very much. coming up next, he came all the way here just to see me, maybe not. maybe he's actually speaking to a crowd at the carter center in a little bit. but we'll take him when we can get him. wolf blitzer live in the studio next. [ doorbell rings ] hello there. i'm here to pick up helen.
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this is that part of the show when i check in with wolf blitzer who's normally in "the situation room". but he's in our situation room. >> where i am is "the situation room." >> i see the graphics. it's magic, boom like that. >> this is a beautiful set you have here. >> it is amazing, isn't it? >> i were tremember the old day. >> it was kind of nice. i like our digs. >> beautiful. >> welcome. >> thank you. >> what do you have coming up? >> we've got a lot of news coming up, including a discussion i'm going to have with some experts on the fbi. how worried is the fbi right
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now, brooke, on the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11? what are they doing about it? will al qaeda or some al qaeda affiliate or some lone wolf or some individual seek revenge for the killing of bin laden? what's going on? what's the preparation? there's going to be a lot of events that day. we'll take a closer look at that. we also have a professor to tell us what's happening in libya and syria right now. it's a fascinating develop in north africa and the middle east. plus, the politics. it's a joint session. >> joint session. >> not a joint meeting. it's a joint session. >> so who was right? >> brooke. >> i don't often get to say that. brooke baldwin, wolf blitzer. >> you were correct. you're doing on excellent job. >> you're here because you're going to the carter center. >> the cnn dialogue, we inaugurate the first discussion on the 2010 census, the new america, what it means for all of us. you're coming? >> i'm coming with you in the car.
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thank you, wolf. for me, more on our breaking story out of aruba. the man who may have been the last to see robyn gardener alive. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare,
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call now to find out how an aarp... medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company, helps cover some of the medical expenses... not paid by medicare part b. that can save you from paying up to thousands of dollars... out of your own pocket. these are the only medicare supplement insurance plans... exclusively endorsed by aarp. when you call now, you'll get this free information kit... with all you need to enroll. put their trust in aarp medicare supplement insurance. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. the prices are competitive. i can keep my own doctor. and i don't need a referral to see a specialist. call now to get a free information kit. plus you'll get this free guide to understanding medicare. and the advantages don't end there. choose from a range of medicare supplement plans... that are all competitively priced. we have a plan for almost everyone, so you can find one that fits your needs and budget. with all medicare supplement plans, there are virtually no claim forms to fill out.
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plus you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare. and best of all, these plans are... the only medicare supplement plans endorsed by aarp. when they told me these plans were endorsed by aarp... i had only one thing to say... sign me up. call the number on your screen now... and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan. you'll get this free information kit... and guide to understanding medicare, to help you choose the plan that's right for you. as with all medicare supplement plans, you can keep your own doctor and hospital that accepts medicare, get help paying for what medicare doesn't... and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. we're taking you live to aruba. martin savidge is there. we've just learned a matter of minutes ago that gary giordano,
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the companion of missing maryland woman robyn gardner will be in custody there for 60 more days. what more can you tell me about that? >> reporter: first of all, it's interesting because that's the max. that's what the prosecution asked for. there's been all sorts of speculation that it may have been less than that, maybe 30 days. but a lot of people didn't think he'd get the full 60. but that's exactly what the judge in this particular hearing did. it would imply there must be compelling evidence, perhaps more that the public or the media has been let on to know that they have against gary giordano to hold him for this extent of time. it seems to be significant. they also put out a call again to the public of aruba saying, if anybody knows anything, please come forward at this time. and they put it out in three
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languages. that's all we know. we're hoping to get further explanation. >> so like you said, it must be some sort of compelling evidence for him to have to stay down there for two more months. take me back in the case. we were just talking yesterday and there hasn't been a lot of evidence linking him to her disappearance. >> reporter: right, not a lot of what we would say is the physical evidence. there's circumstantial stuff. there's certainly evidence that would make him not look too good. i had a quick comment coming from michael lopez, the attorney that represents gary giordano. his comment is "no comment." and it was quite clear he was angry in his demeanor. he was not happy with this ruling. naturally he wouldn't be. but this case is one that was based upon some statements that gary giordano said that didn't seem to hold up. he said it was rough and the currents were really bad. and this was on a calm day when the first responders in the water said they didn't feel
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anything. and then you have the $1.5 million insurance taken out on rob robyn. who is the beneficiary? gary giordano. that deductible look good. that doesn't look good. >> i know you and your crew will be digging on that. martin savidge, thank you very much. before we go, i want you to take a look at this. let's end the show on this note. first of its kind in the world, ladies and gentlemen. this is a virtual grocery store. this is in a subway in seoul, south korea. offers items you'd buy at a supermarket. but they're not actually shelves. these are just photos of food, items you'd find in the grocery store. shoppers walk buy, scan the groer groceries with their smartphone. scan it and it's delivered to your house. i kind of like it. that's it for me. "the situa


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